Honey Orchid Black - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.50

Style: Black

Origin: Fujian Province, China

Description: This Mao Feng cultivar produces large leaves that curl into enticing shades of rich gold buds and black leaves after a short oxidization. The leaves are consistent in size, and would lend well to drinking leaves in a bowl style. Grown at an elevation of 600m and harvested at the time of the Qing Ming holiday (which is commonly used as a measurement of time for Spring harvests in China) this tea is full of the flavour provided by nature.

Tasting Notes: This black tea is buttery and bright. True to its name, the steep invokes a sense of honeycomb in the cup. Clear copper notes blend with a light sweetness reminiscent of candied plum. Hints of aged tobacco and molasses deepen the steep, and enrich the aroma that lingers in the cup. There is a delicate floral linger on the tongue.

Brewing Instructions:

Method 1: 2g per cup. 95-100ºC water. Steep 3-4 minutes.

Method 2 (Inspired by Gong fu style, using more tea and shorter steep time): 5g per cup. Rinse quickly with 95ºC water. Steep 1.5-2 minutes with 100ºC water. Resteep. 

 For both methods, leaves will offer several steeps. 


China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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